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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

December 10, 2014

ASIA:

HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST

HONG KONG — Last full day at Hong Kong’s Admiralty democracy protest camp before authorities move in on Thursday to shut it down. Will students finally decide on whether or not to withdraw? Will big crowds turn out for one last visit? Will protesters start packing up ahead of time as advised by cops? What will happen to the art? By Kelvin Chan. UPCOMING: 350 words by 0700 GMT, photos.

SKOREA-KOREAN AIR-NUTS

SEOUL, South Korea — Forget dust-ups over reclining seats in economy class. There’s a new and exclusive twist on inflight anger: Nut rage in first class. A recent Korean Air flight was delayed when its chairman’s daughter, who was also vice president responsible for cabin service at the airline, ordered a senior crew member off the plane. His crime? Allowing her and other passengers in the pointy end of the aircraft to be served bagged macadamia nuts instead of nuts on a plate. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 515 words, photos.

— SKOREA-KOREAN AIR-NUTS-GLANCE — At a glance: The Cho family that runs Korean Air at center of nut dust-up. SENT: 425 words.

PHILIPPINES-BUS EXPLOSION

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll from a suspected bomb explosion on a bus in the southern Philippines rises to at least 10 with another 34 people wounded, officials say. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 310 words.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

FINANCIAL MARKETS

TOKYO — Asian stock markets are mostly lower as data from both China and Japan pointed to continued weakness in the world’s second and third-largest economies. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 400 words, photo.

CHINA-CORRUPTION

BEIJING — A former deputy head of the agency that steers China’s state-dominated economy is sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes, adding to a growing toll of prominent figures ensnared in a spreading anti-corruption crackdown. By Joe Mcdonald. SENT: 355 words, photos.

CHINA-INFLATION

BEIJING — China’s inflation rate fell further in November as the rise in food prices moderated, giving Chinese leaders room if needed to pump more stimulus into the slowing economy. SENT: 140 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

CIA-TORTURE REPORT

WASHINGTON — The United States brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make America safer after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Senate investigators have concluded. By Bradley Klapper and Ken Dilanian. SENT: 1,1140 words, photos, audio, video.

— CIA TORTURE REPORT-ZUBAYDAH — Detainee Zubaydah a key figure in Senate report. SENT: 1,140 words, photo.

FRANCE-HOSTAGE FREED

PARIS — France’s last hostage is freed after being held for more than three years by al-Qaida’s North Africa branch — rekindling debate over whether countries should negotiate with extremists or stick to a muscular, uncompromising policy that runs the risk of a beheading or a botched rescue attempt. By Lori Hinnant and Jamey Keaten. SENT: 915 words, photos.

CRIMEA-TATARS

SARY-SU, Crimea — Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently to search the cinder-block houses, mosque and school in this settlement of Crimean Tatars, a Muslim ethnic minority that has long suffered from discrimination in the peninsula that is its historic homeland. The worst shock came in September, when two men in the town of 3,000 were abducted. Now the community of Sary-Su “is trembling with fear,” said Rebiya Setarova, an 80-year-old Tatar as she tottered anxiously across a dirt road to check on her son and grandchildren ahead of Friday prayers. “Now I worry for the fate of my son. Everybody worries about the children.” By Laura Mills and John-Thor Dahlburg. SENT: 1,260 words, photos. An abridged version is also available.

CLIMATE TALKS-CARBON FOOTPRINT

LIMA, Peru — The current U.N. climate talks will be the first to neutralize all the greenhouse gas pollution they generate, offset by host country Peru’s protection of forest reserves, organizers say. By Frank Bajak. SENT: 895 words, photos.

— PERU-CLIMATE-GREENPEACE — Peru will prosecute Greenpeace activists over stunt at Nazca lines, senior official says. SENT: 430 words, photos.

THREATER-STING

NEW YORK — Grammy Award-winner Sting jumped aboard his Broadway musical “The Last Ship” as its newest star Tuesday night, hoping to help right a show that’s been listing dangerously at the box office. By AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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